"If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."
"The constitution does not provide for first and second class citizens."
US Presidential candidate
"It is somethingit can be everythingto have found a fellow bird with whom you can sit among the rafters while the drinking and boasting and reciting and fighting go on below."
US writer, teacher
("Angle of Repose")
(same dates as Milos Forman)
"This paper gives wrong solutions to trivial problems. The basic error, however, is not new."
("Essays in the History of Mechanics")
, from Mathematical Reviews 12, p. 561.
"In Mexico, an air conditioner is called a 'politician,' because it makes a lot of noise but doesn't work very well."
("The IPCRESS File")
"Bryn Mawr had done what a four-year dose of liberal education was designed to do: unfit her for eighty per cent of useful work of the world."
("The Bluest Eye")
"I think the measure of your success to a certain extent will be the amount of things written about you that aren't true."
("The Last Picture Show")
"It's not the most intellectual job in the world, but I do have to know the letters."
, on her "Wheel of Fortune" job
"There were certain perceptions that people had of me, you know... 'He's dumb,' or 'he's just got a pretty face,' or 'he's a thug,' or 'he can only do one thing.' I'm not so concerned with that now. Longevity's what it's about."
"I don't care if he's purple, as long as he can rap!"
US rap mogul
, on Eminem
"The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true."
J. Robert Oppenheimer
"I've only been doing this fifty-four years. With a little experience, I might get better."
"You go back to the start of time. One cave guy was fighting another cave guy because his club was bigger than his or his woman had longer hair. That’s competition."
US NASCAR driver